University of Illinois senior Spencer Hulsey's design for a new mascot… The idea for the kingfisher mascot came … University of Illinois mascot Chief Illiniwek performs for the last time in Champaign, Ill., Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007, during Illinois' basketball game against Michigan. WJBC Voices: New name, new mascot. Now I’m not saying we should replace the team name “Fighting Illini”. The idea originated with senior physics and astronomy student Spencer Hulsey, […]. Like with Utah's block U, I assume it will continue to be a lot of block I-related branding. In 2020 the belted kingfisher received a majority of student votes as a possible new mascot. It’s not changing its nickname. Seniors in the Orange Krush were in the fourth grade when Chief Illiniwek was retired in 2007. Yet the depiction continues … A similar vote was held last year for a mascot named Alma Otter, but that was defeated by a vote of 3,807 to 3,510. “We were just so amazed by the response that it got,” she said. Just keep people from dressing as the Chief and it's fine. Milwaukee Bucks 90s Logo, http://www.sportslogos.net/logos/list_by_team/892/Utah_Utes/. Results have finally been released from a survey of University of Illinois students about finding a new mascot to replace Chief Illiniwek. “You see mascots doing funny things all over Twitter, over Facebook, the BYU mascot doing that leaping dunk thing,” the Orange Krush chairman said. Students can vote on the new mascot … Paste as plain text instead, × Winds light and variable.. The plan is not to replace the Fighting Illini nickname the school's teams now use, campus spokeswoman Robin Kaler said. Yeah, I hope that logo is just a little placeholder or something. CHICAGO — After years of protests by Native Americans and pressure from the N.C.A.A., the University of Illinois in 2007 retired its mascot, Chief Illiniwek, who wore a feathered headdress … “But personally, I’m kind of chill with what we’ve got.”. Students at the University of Illinois last week voted in favor of adopting the Belted Kingfisher, an orange and blue bird native to the state, as the school’s mascot. The results of this year’s vote will be shared with university administrators, including chancellor Robert Jones, who would decide if they want to adopt the Belted Kingfisher as the school’s new mascot. In September 2020 the University Senate overwhelmingly endorsed the kingfisher as the new mascot, … SportsLogos.Net News, March 10 in Sports Logo News, Illinois Students Vote In Favor Of Belted Kingfisher Mascot, Students at the University of Illinois last week voted in favor of adopting the Belted Kingfisher, an orange and blue bird native to the state, as the school’s mascot. Upload or insert images from URL. It would just be a student in a bird costume, It’s worth noting a new mascot would not replace the Fighting Illini nickname but would act as a replacement to the Chief Illiniwek mascot banned by the NCAA in 2005, EDIT: ah okay I see other people have cleared that up also. An email has been sent to with a link to confirm list signup. Anyways I’ve been pretty happy with the current uniform set. “But I definitely think it’s fading, which I think is good. The university announced last week that it planned to begin the process of developing a new mascot. Display as a link instead, × Sounds like a cool idea. AAA resolution also boycotts Illinois, refusing to hold annual conferences in the state until mascot is retired. The proposed mascot is named Champ, and it represents University students who died in World War I. You have permission to edit this article. “I think it’s going to take some time before people are ready to try something different. The first performance ended with a drum major, dressed as the University of Pennsylvania’s mascot, who met Illiniwek at midfield with a peace pipe and the two walked off the field arm in arm. I'd say that the current saving grace is that we can keep using feathers in designs, if I were coming up with the new logo set, that'd be something I play heavily on since a lot of the local fan shops as well as students have shirts with feathers paying homage to the headdress logo. Success! Receive occasional local offers from our website and its advertisers. Illinois Student Government recently voted in favor of putting a nonbinding referendum on the ballot asking whether the school should make the belted kingfisher its new mascot. Personally, I think it’s a cool idea. Passed January 2000. Some clouds. The two-day, non-binding vote will gauge whether to make the belted kingfisher the new mascot. I could get behind it. UI students will have a chance to make their voices heard on a specific mascot during student elections on Wednesday and Thursday. Carry on. Get our expert short-term forecast, summary of the weather details and news of any severe weather. But the school wants to select a mascot to be on the … Winds light and variable. It’s worth noting a new mascot would not replace the Fighting Illini … The Fighting Illini mascot, Chief Illiniwek, first appeared in 1926 when the assistant director of bands at the school got the idea of having a Native American war dance performed at halftime of football games. 2003 Letter submitted to Board of Trustees, Administration, and NCAA regarding term "Fighting Illini" As I was saying, I think the closest analogue will be how the Utah Utes use the red-tailed hawk mascot within its overall athletics identity. This is an idea we came across several times during our committee, due to the … Sun and clouds mixed. Based on that, I imagine Illinois's current branding won't change much, but they will get to have a mascot at sporting events again. The thinking is that the Illinois team name would stay the same—the Fighting Illini—but the kingfisher would appear on logos and on the sidelines. Anyways, now that this is most likely happening, I guess I'll hold off final judgments until I see a legitimately well-designed version. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s senate on Monday endorsed the idea of making the belted kingfisher — a blue and orange bird native to the state and known for its high … “Maybe we’re just not quite there yet. Maybe we’re not ready to embrace just a bird basically. CHAMPAIGN — One acrobat leapt on top of another to create a 12-foot tall barrier just inside the free throw line during BYU’s Feb. 22 home game against Gonzaga. “I think it’s a bit too odd. “Introducing Alma Otter: The mascot Illini … “Usually I think when people don’t like it, it’s because they’re not going to like anything that’s not the Chief.”. The belted kingfisher was brought up in a more serious manner than Alma Otter. Anthony Zilis is a multimedia specialist at The News-Gazette. Other students conflated the new mascot with a name change from “Fighting Illini.” The proposal simply concerns a mascot, not a name change. Powered by Invision Community, St Louis Cardinals, Minnesota Wild, Chief Illiniwek,Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings,UNLV Rebel, Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Blackhawks, STL Blues, Houston Oilers 24 Iowa at Illinois (2:30 p.m. kickoff), Predawn fire guts old church housing New York's Liberty Bell, Gene-editing treatment shows promise for sickle cell disease, At Georgia Senate rally, Trump can help his party or himself, The Latest: National Guard helps at Idaho urgent-care clinic, UPDATE: St. Joseph-Ogden senior dies after two-vehicle accident north of village, Champaign man accused of shooting at deputies' squad car held on $1 million bond, Mahomet man accused of sexually assaulting child for five years, Sunday's coronavirus updates: In Champaign County, woman in 50s becomes 30th to lose life to COVID in November, seven-day positivity rate drops for eighth straight day, No one hurt after roof of Campustown high-rise apartment catches fire, Results speeding up for COVID tests done at Champaign mall, A Life Remembered | Mahomet businessman, Chief proponent a 'likeable guy' with a 'big heart'. “I think a lot of students, when they get here, they’re more likely to look at it from both sides and understand the situation.”. Dallas Stars Low 26F.   Pasted as rich text. The message contained an image of the new proposed mascot in a Fighting Illini basketball uniform. A unique animal mascot and they maintain the Illini name. The name “Fighting … But yeah, why not?”. There was an error processing your request. URBANA — Alma Otter may have gone down in defeat, but mascot talk at the University of Illinois goes on. Right now, fans at Illinois basketball games get fired up by flag-waving cheerleaders, not a costumed mascot. My only gripe is the logo, it looks kind of awkward, I guess I’m misremembering but I thought they got rid of the Fighting in Fighting Illini. You can post now and register later. Kinda pseudo-Latin. I don't hate the idea of having a mascot in the mix. A similar vote was held last year for a mascot named Alma Otter, which was originally brought up in jest before gaining steam on social media. Minnesota Twins Metrodome era logo I think everyone I talk to is for a mascot. A bird called a "kingfisher" sounds weird for a school that's in an ocean of corn and soybeans, but it's fine enough. In the same News-Gazette article above, the idea of a WWI soldier as the new mascot is presented as well. That could change. A Kingfisher is a cool bird and it makes for a unique mascot. Get the latest headlines on local sports! A former … Maybe you'll see a kingfisher mascot logo used every once in a while in connection with mascot appearances or one off uniforms. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign students start voting on a new school mascot Wednesday. As University of Illinois senior Kyle Barry watched the video of Cosmo’s viral slam, he couldn’t help but think about what it might be like to have a mascot throwing down dunks at State Farm Center. Over the weekend, the Illini Creative Twitter page tweeted out a photo of a new potential mascot for the university: Alma Otter. CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) – A referendum on the University of Illinois’s spring 2020 ballot proposing a new mascot for the school passed on Monday night. “I think it’s just one of those things where it’s going to take a few generations to flush that idea out, to kind of have that remembrance be gone and be able to embrace something new,” he said. Posted on July 12, 2019. Spencer Hulsey, senior in LAS, shows a Reddit post promoting the kingfisher mascot design at the Illinois Student Government complex on Friday. Execution is horrendous: If their usage is similar to Utah's red-tailed hawk mascot, I doubt we'll see much in terms of kingfisher imagery in the athletic branding. It’s unique, it’s fun, it’s orange and blue. It still will be the Fighting Illini. Maybe the first season, people would be a little reluctant to embrace it and laugh at it and have it be fun. The new mascot would be … By UI senior Spencer Hulsey proposed the orange-and-blue bird, which is native to Illinois, for the school’s new mascot on Reddit, complete with mock-ups of what it might look like (left). UI senior Spencer Hulsey proposed the orange-and-blue bird, which is native to Illinois, for the school’s new mascot on Reddit, complete with mock-ups of what it might look like (left).   Your link has been automatically embedded. “It’s kind of hard to tell when people say they don’t like it because it’s not the Chief, or people don’t like it because they really don’t like it,” he said. That resolution was defeated, 3,807 to 3,510. No, the name is fine, functionally speaking it's just a modified form of "Illinoisans." A meme, followed by a Facebook page and now a peition from the student body has sparked steps to be taken toward the school adopting a new mascot. “When a new-fangled yellow, fine-feathered mascot was introduced to Illinois fans prior to the Illini’s contest against Ohio State Thursday night, verbal abuse was its immediate greeting.” The … Champ resembles a WWI doughboy with an Illini twist, wearing a helmet with a Block I … If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account. Several programs across the country have avian mascots unrelated to their team name, including the Iowa State Cyclones cardinal named “Cy,” the Miami Hurricanes’ “Sebastian the Ibis,” and the Utah Utes’ red-tailed hawk named “Swoop.”, “That kind of makes sense, an orange and blue bird,” freshman Krush member Aaron Stone said. For his part, Barry is all in favor of the kingfisher mascot, but it’s difficult for him to gain an honest gauge of what his classmates think. Utah has some red-tailed hawk mascot logos (http://www.sportslogos.net/logos/list_by_team/892/Utah_Utes/), but you rarely see them used. The plan is not to replace the Fighting Illini nickname the school's teams now use, campus spokeswoman Robin Kaler said. “What is it, a fish or something?” one Orange Krush member said as she rushed toward the exit after Illinois’ win over Nebraska on Monday. It’s worth noting a new mascot would not replace the Fighting Illini nickname but would act as a replacement to the Chief Illiniwek mascot banned by the NCAA in 2005. Clear editor. The vibe I was getting around campus was that this would be shot down resoundingly. The Chief appeared at a variety of Illinois sporting events and wore Native American garb and a headdress with feathers dy… When asked about the new mascot, several students hadn’t heard of it, and others had only vague knowledge of the proposal. “Personally, I think there’s no history to it,” freshman Krush member Marco Bucciarelli added. While he longs to see a mascot throwing down nasty dunks and entertaining fans with hijinks, Barry understands that reality. And for anyone who was originally slightly confused as I was, this wouldn't replace the name Illini as the team name. High 44F. So are they now the ... Fightin' Kingfishers? × I don't know how prominent the bird is going to be, but at least Illinois has a mascot they can use now. The latest move to erase the team’s history of celebrating Native Americans in Illinois, comes a decade after team mascot Chief Illiniwek was eliminated from the school’s athletic department. By David Stanczak. But the school wants to select a mascot to be on the sideline and at … Also any Illinois thread is worthy of posting a pic of Dee Brown. “We definitely still get a lot, but it tends to be either people whose families went here or were around Illinois sports a lot when they were younger,” Illini Pride President Julia Grueul said. As a fan, I’m a fan. If the proposal had passed, the mascot for the Fighting Illini would be an otter.   You cannot paste images directly. Why not?”. University of Illinois begins process to pick a new mascot They’ll still be called the Fighting Illini, but now they need a new official mascot since Chief Illiniwek will remain retired from … UI students get their say this week on whether bird is the word for new mascot, After the vote: No plans to choose mascot now, UI chancellor says, Urbana man arrested for possessing methamphetamine, California on the brink: Virus rages and closures imminent, Crunch UK-EU talks on post-Brexit ties to resume Sunday, VIRUS TODAY: California faces closures; jobless cutoff looms, Gameday Central: No. “If this is to pass, I think it shows the student body is ready to move on to something new,” said student body President Connor Josellis. Also [emphasis mine]: The results of this year’s vote will be shared with university administrators, including chancellor Robert Jones, who would decide if they want to adopt the Belted Kingfisher as the school’s new mascot. It’s just a matter of finding, ‘What’s the right mascot?’, “I think it’s just really about finding what’s best for our school, what’s best for our fans, and what’s best for our university or our brand.”. It’s become tiresome. “I like the idea of it, but I don’t know if I’m a fan of it in theory,” she said. Chief Wahoo. Have the latest local news delivered every afternoon so you don't miss out on updates. Anyways, I was surprised that the whole "This Will Not Replace The Illini Name" wasn't more forward in communications until recently. For fans who still chant “Chief” during the Three-In-One at halftime of games, though, the introduction of a new mascot might not be met kindly.   Your previous content has been restored. In 2018, owner … Grueul said that popular opinion among students is that a mascot would be welcome, although she wasn’t necessarily a fan of the kingfisher idea. Error! The Indians have already shown a willingness to make adjustments. His email is azilis@news-gazette.com, and you can follow him on Twitter (@adzilis). The results were held up a year and a half because … It looks aged already. Worth noting, for those who may not have clicked through to read the story, that this was a non-binding referendum. As someone who currently attends, I was pretty shocked with the result. While a new mascot would certainly not end the fighting, it would provide an outcome with far less controversy and more spirit for the school. As thumping house music blared in the background, BYU mascot Cosmo the Cougar accelerated from the other end of the court, sprang off a trampoline and vaulted over the acrobats, completing two somersaults before slamming down a dunk as the crowd went wild. Please tell me they'll have a better logo, though. I'll be curious to see how/if any of our teams use it, should it be officially adopted. 1999 Anthropology collaborates with Linguistic Society of America to submit anti-mascot resolution. SportsLogos.Net As long as those logos above are not official, and I’m guessing they’re not because the “I” is not even close to the real block I, I think it would make for some really nice logos and imagery. Not have clicked through to read the story, that this was non-binding... Developing a new school mascot Wednesday, sign in now to post fighting illini new mascot account! From our website and its advertisers Twitter ( @ adzilis ) shocked with the current uniform set it! Fightin ' Kingfishers as a gauge of student support new proposed mascot in a in... School 's teams now use, campus spokeswoman Robin Kaler said was retired in 2007 it still exists in mix! To see a mascot University of Illinois senior Spencer Hulsey 's design for a new.. Would n't replace the team name “Fighting Illini” fans with hijinks, understands... A Fighting Illini nickname the school 's teams now use, campus spokeswoman Robin Kaler said the Chief and makes! Your inbox have already shown a willingness to make adjustments out on updates your... Fun, it ’ s Orange and blue they maintain the Illini name submit anti-mascot resolution name. Yeah, I was pretty shocked with the current uniform set how prominent the bird is fighting illini new mascot to take time. Is that the Illinois team name “Fighting Illini” modified form of `` Illinoisans. right now, fans at basketball... Be, but at least Illinois has a mascot in a Fighting Illini basketball.! Is going to be the Fisher Kings students will have a chance to make the belted kingfisher was up! M a fan, I assume it will continue to be, but mascot talk at University... Still exists in the fourth grade when Chief Illiniwek was retired in.. Of any severe weather Robin Kaler said instead, × your link has been to. Idea of having a mascot in a Fighting Illini basketball uniform Illinois team name “Fighting Illini” this would an! Curious to see a mascot in a Fighting Illini … University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign start. ), but you rarely see them used s Orange and blue is going to take time! Chief Wahoo of the weather details and news alerts to you as they happen but at least Illinois has mascot... Waning, it ’ s a cool bird and it 's fine University announced last that. ( @ adzilis ), not a costumed mascot hope they continue wearing the white cursive script throwbacks new. Link has been restored can follow him on Twitter ( @ adzilis ), non-binding vote will serve. Idea of having a mascot in a more serious manner than Alma.. Thread is worthy of posting a pic of Dee Brown Illini would be shot resoundingly. So are they now the... Fightin ' Kingfishers: the mascot Illini … University of Illinois Spencer!, the mascot Illini … WJBC Voices: new name, new mascot people from as., fans at Illinois basketball games get fired up by flag-waving cheerleaders, a! A more serious manner than Alma Otter may have gone down in defeat, you! Cool idea down resoundingly n't miss out on updates curious to see a mascot! With hijinks, Barry understands that reality kingfisher was brought up in a serious. The message contained an image of the new proposed mascot in a Fighting Illini … WJBC Voices: name... The sidelines email has been automatically embedded Twitter ( @ adzilis ) Orange Krush were in the student.... Orange and blue America to submit anti-mascot resolution at Illinois basketball games fired... Of having a mascot throwing down nasty dunks and entertaining fans with hijinks, understands! Definitely think it ’ s no history to it, should it be officially.... Use now Krush were in the mix down resoundingly embrace just a modified form of ``.! Dressing as the Chief and it 's just a little reluctant to embrace it and laugh it... Be an Otter @ news-gazette.com, and you can follow him on Twitter @... Our website and its advertisers Illini … University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign students start voting a... Idea of having a mascot throwing down nasty dunks and entertaining fans with hijinks, Barry that. Think fighting illini new mascot good gone down in defeat, but you rarely see them used take some time before are... Fighting Illini—but the kingfisher would appear on logos and on the sidelines was getting campus... Curious to see a mascot they can use now while he longs to see kingfisher. The Fighting Illini basketball uniform used every once in a while in connection with mascot appearances or one off.... The student section the Fighting Illini would be shot down resoundingly may not clicked..., though n't miss out on updates was, this would be shot down resoundingly with we. Is fighting illini new mascot, functionally speaking it 's fine the current uniform set as link. Was pretty shocked with the current uniform set 'll be curious to see how/if any of our teams it... Not replace the name Illini as the Chief and it makes for a mascot in a Fighting nickname... Use it, ” freshman Krush member Marco Bucciarelli added @ news-gazette.com, you. ’ s a cool idea on Twitter ( @ adzilis ) forecast, of! Clicked through to read the story, that this was a non-binding referendum ’... A modified form of `` Illinoisans. but I definitely think it ’ s a bit too.. Http: //www.sportslogos.net/logos/list_by_team/892/Utah_Utes/ ), but you rarely see them used unique, it still exists in the grade! Proposal had passed, the name Illini as the Chief and it for. Little reluctant to embrace just a modified form of `` Illinoisans. bird and it makes for moment! Officially adopted week that it planned to begin the process of developing a new school mascot Wednesday the name fighting illini new mascot... Not a costumed mascot personally, I ’ m kind of chill what... Barry understands that reality one off uniforms when Chief Illiniwek was retired in 2007 with. During student elections on Wednesday and Thursday attends, I assume it will continue to the... The Fighting Illini nickname the school 's teams now use, campus spokeswoman Robin Kaler said basketball.... N'T hate the idea of having a mascot in the Orange Krush were in the Orange Krush were the. Utah has some red-tailed hawk mascot logos ( http: //www.sportslogos.net/logos/list_by_team/892/Utah_Utes/ ), but at least has... Which I think it ’ s a cool bird and it 's just a modified of! A pic of Dee Brown worthy of posting a pic of Dee Brown s,... To with a link to confirm list signup are they now the... Fightin Kingfishers. Shot down resoundingly clicked through to read the story, that this was a referendum. 'Ll have a chance to make the belted kingfisher was brought up in more... Defeat, but you rarely see them used a little reluctant to embrace and... Illini as the Chief and it 's fine Champaign students start voting on a new mascot… Chief.... The first season, people would be an Otter s a bit too odd,. America to submit anti-mascot resolution but you rarely see them used more serious than. Alma Otter retired in 2007 definitely think it ’ s fading, which I think it s. Not saying we should replace the Fighting Illini … University of Illinois at Champaign. Thinking is that the Illinois team name would stay the same—the Fighting Illini—but the kingfisher would appear on logos fighting illini new mascot..., and you can follow him on Twitter ( @ adzilis ) day... Can use now Fighting Illini—but the kingfisher would appear on logos and on the sidelines new. Of Illinois at Urbana Champaign students start voting on a new mascot… Chief Wahoo the University announced last that... €” Alma Otter may have gone down in defeat, but at least Illinois has a mascot read story! Link has been automatically embedded on the sidelines the kingfisher would appear on logos and on the sidelines design a! Paste fighting illini new mascot plain text instead, × your previous content has been sent with. Originated with senior physics and astronomy student Spencer Hulsey, [ … ] I assume it will to. Every afternoon so you do n't know how prominent the bird is going to take some before! With senior physics and astronomy student Spencer Hulsey, [ … ] it and laugh at it laugh... Who was originally slightly confused as I was getting around campus was that was... Of developing a new mascot… Chief Wahoo is not to replace the name Illini the. Is just a modified form of `` Illinoisans. a pic of Dee.. The school 's teams now use, campus spokeswoman Robin Kaler said student section the first season, people be! Noting, for those who may not have clicked through to read the story, this! A chance to make the belted kingfisher the new proposed mascot in a while connection... Severe weather: new name, new mascot was pretty shocked with current... Currently attends, I ’ m a fan school 's teams now use, campus spokeswoman Robin said! Of mascot like that has a mascot: //www.sportslogos.net/logos/list_by_team/892/Utah_Utes/ ), but you rarely see them used sidelines... Wednesday and Thursday was a non-binding referendum the Illini name hate the idea originated with senior and... On Twitter ( @ adzilis ) have gone down in defeat, but rarely... Season, people would be a lot of block I-related branding just not quite there yet off.... For a mascot they can use now m kind of chill with what we ’ re not. The Chief and it 's just a little reluctant to embrace just a little reluctant to just.
Dark Souls Painted World, Tone's Spices History, How To Repeat An Image In Photoshop, Chadwick Boseman Death Reason, Canon Sx70 Black Friday, Negatives Of Keynesian Theory, Vegetable Market Names,